Real's Modric beats Ronaldo, Salah to be named Europe's top player
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has been named UEFA best men’s player, finishing ahead of former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
The Croatian beat Ronaldo, last year’s winner, who moved to Juventus in July after helping his team win the Champions League final in Kiev against Salah’s Liverpool.
It is the first time Modric, 32, a runner-up in this summer’s World Cup, has won the award, with Ronaldo still the all-time leader having won it three times.
“It’s an incredible moment for me, I feel really excited and proud of this great award,” said Modric.
“My father always pushed me to fight for my dreams, I owe him a lot for everything. I didn’t know I was going to win the award and so I’m really happy.